Mental Health Mission Research Assistant

Southern Health NHS Foundation Trust
£28,407 to £34,581 a year
Closing date
21 Dec 2023

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Mental health
Band 5
Part Time
The Research & Innovation Department at Southern Health NHS Foundation Trust and University of Southampton is looking for a highly motivated Research Assistant to deliver to the Mental Health Mission objective in treatment-resistant affective disorders. Particularly treatment resistant depression (TRD) as part of a busy and innovative research department.

Within Southern Health NHS Foundation Trust, research is considered an important component of a successful NHS provider organisation and there are a number of active on-going clinical trials and service evaluations. Research trials are important to ensure that the best advice and treatments are being provided to patients. Southern Health has a core Research & Innovation Department which supports research across services throughout the organisation.

For internal applicants, the fixed term post may provide a secondment opportunity. You should discuss this with your current line manager prior to making an application to confirm that, should you be offered the post, you would be able to return to your substantive role after the period of cover has ended.

Main duties of the job

The post holder will support the set up and delivery to the Mental Health Mission grant objectives as part of a team. Development of enhanced access research clinic.

Administrative support for clinic set up and integration with local clinical services.

Involve local PPIEP to guide the development and functioning of the research clinic.

Support the enhancement of clinic activity both directly via funded clinical posts and by sharing best practice in terms of patient identification and recruitment.

Support the enhancement of recruitment to industry and academic TRD studies.

Support the enhancement of expertise in TRD research. Support the enhancement of access to innovative treatments.

Support the dissemination of expertise in the management of mood-disorders.

About us

Are you committed to providing remarkable care and service?

Are you passionate about helping people and want to make a difference every day?

We want to meet you!

Southern Health is one of the largest Foundation Trusts in the UK, specialising in mental health, adult and child community health and learning disabilities. We are committed to promoting the welfare and safeguarding of children, young people and adults at risk of abuse and neglect through our 6,500 strong workforce.

Southern Health has over 300 sites across the county and we serve 1.5 million people throughout all stages of their lives. Our aim is to work alongside the people we support (and our health and care partners) to deliver the best possible care and constantly improve.

Here at SHFT we have so much to be proud of:
  • Working as a team and supporting each other, we put patients and our staff at the heart of everything we do.
  • We have a skilled and diverse workforce and are committed to our staff development, offering bespoke training packages, leadership pathways and career opportunities.
  • We offer a variety of benefits such as an amazing pension scheme, generous annual leave, Childcare Choices scheme, many discounts (Blue Light card, The Company Shop, NHS Staff Discounts, cycle to work scheme) and much more.

Come to work with us, together we will provide outstanding treatment and care to improve lives.

Job description

Job responsibilities

Further information about the Trust and this role can be found on the Job Description and Person Specification document attached.

Person Specification



  • Educated to a degree standard or equivalent experience

Employer details

Employer name

Southern Health NHS Foundation Trust


Moorgreen Hospital

Botley Road, West End



SO30 3JB

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